CFM-powered A318 ETOPS Approved

 - December 6, 2006, 9:05 AM

Airbus A318s powered by CFM International engines were approved by the EASA for 180-minute extended-range twin-engine operations (ETOPS). FAA validation of 180-minute ETOPS is targeted for the first half of next year. The first A318 with the 180-minute ETOPS capability is a corporate Elite to be delivered to Comlux Aviation of Switzerland. Airbus said A318s powered by Pratt & Whitney are expected to receive 180-minute ETOPS approval from the EASA in the first quarter of next year.